World Leaders Congratulate President Elect Donald Trump

Global leaders have congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the just concluded US presidential elections.

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Italy

The Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, who had openly supported Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, congratulated Trump on his victory and said Italy’s ties with the United States remained strong.

I wish him well. The Italo-American friendship is solid,” Renzi said at the start of a speech in Rome.

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Trump in a telegram, the Kremlin announced.

Putin expressed hope for joint work to restore Russian-American relations from their state of crisis, and also to address pressing international issues and search for effective responses to challenges concerning global security,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hoped Trump’s win would lead to positive steps for the Middle East and for basic rights and freedoms in the world.

I hope that this choice of the American people will lead to beneficial steps being taken for the world concerning basic rights and freedoms, democracy and developments in our region,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also paid tribute to Trump in a speech in the capital Ankara.

Yildirim said a “new page” would be opened in US-Turkey relations if Washington extradited the US-based cleric Turkey blames for orchestrating the July 15 failed coup.

An area of opportunity has been created for the new president to advance relations with policies taking into account Turkey’s fight against terror,” Yildirim said.

UK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump and said Britain and the US “will remain strong and close partners“.

Japan

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he “looks forward to co-operating closely with the next president” in the United States.

Abe said in a statement that he looks forward to “further strengthening the Japan-US relations and the two countries taking a leading role to ensure peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region“.

Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has often lashed out at Barack Obama for criticising his anti-drug crackdown methods, congratulated the US president-elect.

Duterte said he looks forward to working with Trump to further enhance the treaty allies’ relations.

Egypt

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was reported to have spoke to Trump on the telephone congratulating him while seeking to foster closer diplomatic ties.

The US President-elect Donald Trump expressed his utmost appreciation to the president, pointing out that his was the first international call he had received to congratulate him on winning the election,” the Egyptian presidency statement said.

President Trump said he looked forward to meeting the president (again) soon.

China

China expressed its confidence in working with the new US government.

We hope for co-operation with the new administration to ensure healthy and stable development of the US-Chinese relations for the good of both states,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang.

Asked about Trump’s threats to unleash a trade war with China, Lu hoped both countries could manage the disputes in a responsible way, and assured that the bilateral trade relationship has benefited the American people.

NATO

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said Trump’s wins highlights the importance of leadership ahead of new challenges in the world.

Speaking at a press conference, Stoltenberg said it was important for transatlantic ties to remain strong.

EU

 

European Parliament president Martin Schulz expressed surprise at the result, saying it had been “another Brexit night“.

We are seeing a wave of protest against established politics which is also reflected in this election result,” he said.

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